The following information was shared on June 9, but due to low enrollment in these training seminars, the Maine Department of Education would like to remind you of the importance and value of participating in the 2016 summer data training. Continue reading
There are many changes coming in the 2016-17 school year. In order that accurate student and staff data is reported to the Maine Department of Education, it is important that the appropriate staff attend one (or more) of these training sessions. Registration is required.
The Maine Department of Education is negotiating a contract with vendor FocalPointK12 to deliver the 2015-16 assessment results via an online reporting system. The Maine Assessment and Accountability Reporting System (MAARS) is expected to be launched in the coming months and will provide both public and confidential access to data, replacing Measured Progress’ iServices portal.
To keep educators and the public informed, the Department has developed an expected timeline of release for the various assessments conducted during the 2015-16 school year. Although the timing for much of the data is later than desired, it is anticipated that the 2016-17 data will be released much earlier since Maine’s assessment and reporting systems will not undergo major changes in 2016-17.
The Maine Department of Education has entered into a two year contract with Edupoint Educational Systems, LLC to provide a State Level Student Information and Reporting System (SSIRS), called EduPoint Synergy.
The Maine Department of Education is pleased to announce the partnership of Edupoint Educational Systems to bring the power and flexibility of their Synergy Student Information System to Maine. The new Synergy system will replace the current state-level student information and reporting system, Infinite Campus State Edition (ICSE). Infinite Campus will continue as Maine DOE’s student data system in the interim until Synergy is fully installed, configured and tested.
The Department is reminding school administrators to review student truancy data after the last day of school, but no later than June 30. Superintendents are required to validate and certify truancy data at the end of the current school year.
In an effort to provide timely-prudent training, the Maine Department of Education’s data team has put together a short survey to determine what trainings are desired by the field. This seven question survey should take less than five minutes to complete and will help direct the data team in creating the training sessions for the summer of 2016.
Last summer the Maine Department of Education’s Data Management System (MEDMS) staff data collection was transferred into a new system called NEO Staff. During that transition time, NEO Staff required a lot of manual data entry because of the limited amount of data that was able to be brought forward into NEO from MEDMS.
The 2014-15 graduation and dropout rates show an increase and decline respectively. The data has been completed and certified by all public and 60 percent publicly funded private schools. The publicly viewable data can be found on the Maine Department of Education’s NEO Dashboard located here.
The following Priority Notice was sent on March 17
The FY 2017 (2016-17 school year) State subsidy printouts, known as ED 279s, are now available here on our website: http://www.maine.gov/doe/eps/.
These printouts are based on PL 2015, Chapter 389 which provides an additional appropriation of $15 million dollars to General Purpose Aid for Local Schools for FY 2017.
The printouts also reflect corrections for data quality issues identified after the January 29 publication of the printouts, as well as adjustments for Adult Education course counts and debt service adjustments for those school units which were impacted by recent debt refinancing.
We hope the publication of the ED 279s is informative to your local budget preparations.
If you have any questions as you review these printouts, contact our School Finance team via email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.